A Grantham Running Club team were thrilled to finish second in their category and fourth overall at Equinox 24 – a 24-hour endurance race held on the Belvoir Castle Estate over the weekend.
Although only its second year, Equinox 24 has already established itself as one of the country’s most popular endurance events. Competitors try to complete as many laps of the approximately 10km multi-terrain course as possible, from midday on the Saturday through to midday on the Sunday.
Entrants could choose whether to compete solo, as pairs, or small or large teams. Grantham Running Club entered two large mixed-sex teams, each comprising eight runners.
Conditions were initially good for the early laps of the race, but those running through the night were hampered initially by rain and then by mist, with only head torches to help navigate through the darkness. Thankfully, come dawn, the mist cleared and runners enjoyed a sunny conclusion to the race.
Grantham Running Club A Team, comprising Jeremy Page, Stuart Sinclair, Mark Wilson, Gerry Hyde, Rob Howbrook, Matthew Kingston-Lee, Holly Durham and Ben Mason, overcame the challenging course and night time conditions, sleep deprivation, numerous injuries, and general fatigue to complete 33 laps (approximately 190 miles). They finished second in the Large Team Category behind overall winners Stilton Striders Team A who amassed an impressive 35 laps.
Grantham Running Club B Team consisted of Mark Hillson, Marc Tremain, Gordon Geach, Sarah High, John Bainbridge, Helen Brown, Sam Bainbridge and Lucy Roberts. They performed equally admirably to finish eighth in the Large Team Category, completing 29 laps and ending up just 25 seconds behind the seventh placed finishers.